Molly and Matt
How We Met
The day Molly and I met started off as just another normal Sunday. I went to the 8:30 am service at church and I was getting myself ready to go help out in Kids Church for the 10:00 am service. While I was walking through the atrium, I heard Pastor Chad call my name from the Connection Center. It was nothing new to me, I was called over there every so often to meet with college students who were new to the church so I could get them plugged in to Chi Alpha. Now, I couldn’t see Pastor Chad because of the huge wall of people walking by, but I knew what it was about, so I headed over that direction. I figured I would go over there and talk to some skinny, short kid with gasses or something because that’s usually the type of person it was. I am always excited to meet a new person and I was prepared to talk for a few minutes and then try to get in contact with him later to invite him to our campus meetings. However, this time was different. The sea of people slowly parted and I finally made my way through, and this time I got a little nervous because it wasn’t who I was expecting to see. I didn’t see the skinny kid with glasses this time, I saw a short, pretty, blonde girl standing by Pastor Chad. If I’m being honest, I had no idea what to say at that point. I tried to make conversation, but I struggled. Since I was aware of my poor communication skills at that moment, I tried to find somebody else I could introduce her to. So, I told her to go check out the Young Adult group for a Bible study and hopefully I’d see her after service. I stood in the hallway afterwards talking to friends, but looking for her the whole time, eventually, I saw her and invited her to come back for the New People Party that night. I was a table host and I figured if she was going to be around, she might want to meet some people. The way we connected that night was so different from any connection I have ever had. We never had the awkward silence moment, she was very outgoing and helped keep the conversation not only with myself, but with the other people at the table. That night, I knew that we would end up dating soon and three weeks later, I knew for a fact that I would marry her one day. It was very clear from the first day for me, when you know, you know.
How He Asked
About a year an a half ago, I moved from my home town to my new college town, and three days in I met the man of my dreams at my new church. We started dating a week after we met and the rest has been history. He’s my complete opposite, but he balances me out well, and loves me unconditionally. We’ve spent the last year investing our time in campus ministry, children’s ministry, and even global missions work. I can’t think of anyone else that I’d rather spend the rest of my life with than Matt. The Sunday of our engagement started off like any other. Matt and I go to the earliest service that our church offers, at 8:15. Afterwards we give our time to the K-5th grade ministry. I thought something was up when Matt was late to help us lead worship, but dismissed it thinking he was probably stuck in a conversation. At the time, we had been doing a fundraiser competition between the boys and girls to raise money for missions work. The girls had won and the boys punishment was that the male leaders had to get silly stringed by children who had received tickets for good behavior throughout the sermon series. They made an announcement that someone made a donation and asked that the girl leaders also be silly stringed and blindfolded. I grumbled my way up on stage, not wanting to be a part of it at all. As the kids cheered and taunted the leaders, we put on our blindfolds and awaited our punishment. Only, the punishment didn’t come. Matt and I’s favorite song, Clear by NEED TO BREATHE came on over the loud speaker and all the other leaders left the stage leaving me alone and completely in shock. I knew what was coming but couldn’t get myself to move. After a minute or so, Matt removed my blindfold for me. He got on his knee, and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes. Sharing this moment with the kids that we invest so much time in meant so much to me and I couldn’t have asked for a more personal and perfect proposal.